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Wigan head boys Powell and Watson floor Maribor

Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 22.55CET
Wigan Athletic FC 3-1 NK Maribor
The FA Cup holders made it a European home debut to remember courtesy of goals in each half from Nick Powell and a Ben Watson header.
by Patrick Hart
from Wigan Athletic Stadium
Wigan head boys Powell and Watson floor Maribor
Wigan forward Nick Powell (No19) takes the acclaim after his first goal ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 22.55CET

Wigan head boys Powell and Watson floor Maribor

Wigan Athletic FC 3-1 NK Maribor
The FA Cup holders made it a European home debut to remember courtesy of goals in each half from Nick Powell and a Ben Watson header.

Wigan Athletic FC marked their first-ever European home game with a 3-1 Group D victory over NK Maribor.

The Slovenian title holders largely struggled to match the 15th-placed team in English football's Championship, conceding first-half strikes from Nick Powell and Ben Watson. However, Tavares's 60th-minute reply enlivened the contest, necessitating a stoppage-time clincher from Powell. If this was a debut to remember for Wigan, less so for Ante Šimundža, new coach of still point-less Maribor.

Powell had already drawn a save from Jasmin Handanovič before two goals midway through the first half bore out the Wigan crowd's I'm A Believer chants. Sadly for Handanovič, his attempted punch clear from Jean Beausejour's cross led to the 22nd-minute opener: it sent the ball spinning back towards the Maribor goal where the lurking Powell accepted a free header into the net.

Soon it was 2-0. Wigan owe their place in the competition to the head of FA Cup final match winner Watson, and the midfielder was at it again from Beausejour's left-wing centre. Beausejour and Callum McManaman also went close before half-time.

For Beausejour, formerly of Birmingham City FC, this is a second UEFA Europa League group stage with an English second-tier club in the same section as Maribor. Despite Aleš Mejač's long-range drive and two Jean Philippe Mendy shots to warm the hands of Scott Carson, a third successive win against the Violets loomed for the Chilean.

Maribor captain Tavares made that less certain on the hour by slotting home powerfully after Mendy had danced around Carson to tee him up. Suddenly Wigan boss Owen Coyle had reason to regret Powell rattling the inside of a post. The Manchester United FC loanee was also centimetres from converting Watson's cross after Tavares had threatened an equaliser.

No matter: in a dramatic end-to-end finale, Powell confirmed the Lancashire side's first victory in Europe with a jinking run and cool finish.

Last updated: 05/10/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

wigan

Wigan

maribor

Maribor

1
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
33
J. HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
4
ShottonRyan Shotton
5
Ž. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
8
WatsonBen Watson
Goal34
Substitution77
6
MilecMartin Milec
14
Jordi GómezJordi Gómez
7
MejačAleš Mejač
Substitution83
15
McManamanCallum McManaman
Substitution67
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Goal60
16
McArthurJames McArthur
14
MendyJean-Philippe Mendy
Yellow Card71
17
BoyceEmmerson Boyce (C)
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
Substitution77
19
PowellNick Powell
Goal22
Goal90+1
Substitution90+2
26
RajčevićAleksander Rajčević
22
BeausejourJean Beausejour
39
BoharDamjan Bohar
Substitution83
24
PerchJames Perch
44
ArghusArghus
25
BarnettLeon Barnett
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj

Substitutes

13
NichollsLee Nicholls (GK)
12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
6
RogneThomas Rogne
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
Substitution77
7
McCannChris McCann
Substitution77
17
FajićNusmir Fajić
Substitution83
11
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution67
21
DerviševićAmir Dervišević
18
EspinozaRoger Espinoza
22
PotokarNejc Potokar
23
J. GarcíaJuan García
28
VilerMitja Viler
Substitution83
29
DickoNouha Dicko
Substitution90+2
29
T. DodlekTimotej Dodlek

Coach

Owen Coyle (SCO) Ante Šimundža (SVN)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)

Fourth official

Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD)

Additional assistant referees

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Goran Spirkoski (MKD)

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